American Empire and Cultural Imperialism

Rob Kroes

in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230576
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936034 | DOI:
American Empire and Cultural Imperialism

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This chapter is concerned with American cultural imperialism from “the receiving end.” An evaluation of the capacity of the United States to assign itself to other foreign countries and touch every nation is provided. The chapter looks at the notion of American exceptionalism and makes it historically specific, while studying the international collaboration that has made America as a global imaginative entity. The concept of America as a “semiotic center” is introduced. The chapter also looks at the persuasive and powerful impact of American cultural exports, and states that some of these have been modified.

Keywords: cultural imperialism; exceptionalism; international collaboration; imaginative entity; semiotic center; cultural exports

Chapter.  8910 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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